|Date of birth:January 5, 1945|
|Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia|
|Debuted in 1968 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Last played in 1976 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Made coaching debut in 1984 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Last coached in 1995 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1976
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Samuel David "Sam" Wyche (born January 5, 1945) is a former American football player and head coach, who is best known as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Perhaps best known for introducing the use of the No-huddle offense as a standard offense (as opposed to use at the end of the half), Wyche's greatest achievement as a head coach was leading the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, which they lost to the 49ers 20–16, relinquishing the lead with only 34 seconds remaining.
Wyche's 64 wins with the Bengals were the most ever by a coach in their franchise history, until October 30, 2011 when he was overtaken by Marvin Lewis.
In 1968, Wyche played for the Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League. From 1968–1970, he played for the Cincinnati Bengals. From 1971 to 1973, he played for the Washington Redskins who appeared in Super Bowl VII. In 1974, he played for the Detroit Lions. In 1976, Wyche played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills.
In 1988, Sam Wyche was inducted into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame.
University of South Carolina
San Francisco 49ers
In 1983, Wyche was the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.
Wyche was hired as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984. Known as an emotional coach, he bonded well with his players and occasionally collided with superiors. His ongoing feud with former Houston Oilers head coach Jerry Glanville was best exemplified in late 1989, when the Bengals scored early and often in a 61–7 thrashing. He also helped stoke the flames of the Cleveland - Cincinnati intrastate rivalry with several other comments and play calling during his tenure.
Wyche is known as the "Always Innovative Sam Wyche" by Norman Chad for his unconventional play-calling. Wyche introduced the concept of having 12 or more players huddle on the field, then having a few leave the field. This was meant to confuse the defense as to the personnel grouping and give the offense an advantage. This has since been outlawed in the NFL. His Bengals were also the first to use the No-huddle/hurry-up offense as a base offense.
On December 10, 1989, during a game versus the Seattle Seahawks, Bengals fans in protest of what they perceived to be a bad call by the officials, began to throw snowballs onto the field at the referees and the Seahawks, who were at their own 4-yard line and an easy target from the bleachers. Seattle refused to continue until they stopped, and play was halted by the officials. In order to stop the onslaught, Wyche was given a house microphone to try to calm the crowd, asking fans to please point out anyone throwing anything to stadium security and chided the fans who were doing the throwing, and alluded to the reputation of their in-state rivals:
|“||Will the next person that sees ANYBODY throw anything onto this field, point 'em out...and get 'em out of here - you don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!||”|
On December 24, 1991, just three years after the Bengals' Super Bowl appearance, Wyche was fired by owner Mike Brown, who had taken over the team upon the death of his father, club founder Paul Brown, four months earlier. Controversy erupted when the Bengals claimed Wyche had resigned, relieving the team of any future payments, but Wyche stated he was fired.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wyche was hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach in 1992. He spent the next four years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he drafted Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, and John Lynch. He was dismissed at the conclusion of the 1995 season.
Near the end of his tenure with the Bucs, Wyche participated in a lighthearted pregame promotional piece for NFL Films. At the time, Jimmy Johnson, then the recently dismissed coach of the Dallas Cowboys, was rumored to be heading to Tampa Bay to displace Wyche. During the promo, Wyche was about to address his team when general manager Rich McKay ducked his head into the room. He beckoned Wyche out of the room, and instructed him to "bring your playbook." Wyche disappeared, and in walked Johnson wearing a Buccaneers jacket, who then addressed "his" new team, to everyone's surprise.
In 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2008, Wyche volunteered as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the Pickens High School Blue Flame in Pickens, South Carolina. He helped the Blue Flame get to the second round of the playoffs in 2006. Wyche was a registered substitute teacher in Pickens County schools.
Head coaching record
|Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten Conference) (1983)|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|CIN||1984||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||1985||7||9||0||.438||2nd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||1986||10||6||0||.625||2nd in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||1987||4||11||0||.267||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||1988||12||4||0||.750||1st in AFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII|
|CIN||1989||8||8||0||.500||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|CIN||1990||9||7||0||.688||1st in AFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Los Angeles Raiders in AFC Divisional Round|
|TAM||1992||5||11||0||.313||3rd in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TAM||1993||5||11||0||.313||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TAM||1994||6||10||0||.375||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|TAM||1995||7||9||0||.438||5th in NFC Central||-||-||-||-|
In 1996, Wyche worked as a sports analyst with Marv Albert on a weekly NFL game for NBC. In 1997, he was promoted to the studio on NBC's weekly pre-game and half-time shows. He worked as an analyst for CBS with Kevin Harlan on the weekly NFL games from 1998 until week 2 in 2000 when his voice gave part way through a game between Miami and Minnesota. Beesley Reece came up from sideline reporting to do color commentary for the rest of that game. In 2006, he was named commentator on Westwood One's NFL Thursday night coverage, partnered with Dick Enberg. From 2006–present, he worked with Tom Werme broadcasting Southern Conference Football for Fox Sports South.
Wyche underwent a biopsy on lymph nodes in his chest in 2000. His left vocal cord was severed during the procedure, leaving his voice consistently hoarse and scratchy. From 2004 to 2006, he was a volunteer at Pickens High School in South Carolina as a public speaker.
On November 4, 2008, Wyche secured a seat on the County Council for Pickens County, South Carolina. Running as a member of the Republican Party, Wyche defeated Democrat Wesley Burbage for the Pickens seat, by a margin of 6,478 votes to 1,639. In July 2009, Wyche let it be known that he is considering running for the GOP nomination for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, which is being vacated by incumbent J. Gresham Barrett, who is running for Governor of South Carolina.
||Buffalo Bills Quarterback Coach